Day 1: Singapore to Melbourne
Depart Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Melbourne.
Day 2: Melbourne to Yarra Valley
Upon arrival, collect your car from the airport and drive toward Yarra Valley.
Rayner’s Orchard is a boutique fruit orchard in the Yarra Valley that grows more than 450 varieties of fruit including many stone-fruits such as peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, and more exotic fruits like tamarillo, pomegranate, persimmon, pepino, feijao, guava and kiwi fruit. At least eight varieties of fruit every day of the year. There is a cafe and a shop where you can purchase fruit products and tractor fruit tasting tours.
Yering Gorge Cottages offer delightful ultra-modern self contained accommodation situated on the banks of the Yarra River in 44 hectares of nature reserve. Yering Gorge Cottages boasts 8 one bedroom cottages ideal for couples and 4 two bedroom cottages designed for families and groups. All cottages have panoramic views of the Yarra Valley.
Day 2: Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery is a destination where you can indulge your love of chocolate in beautiful countryside only one hour from Melbourne. Set on 16 hectares, surrounded by picturesque Yarra Valley vistas, an emerging orchard and sweeping lawns, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery is an experience the whole family can enjoy. Abundant free chocolate tastings, large viewing windows to watch talented European chocolatiers at work and a showcase of over 250 different varieties of hand-crafted chocolates and ice creams will tempt visitors. Take in the breathtaking Yarra Valley views from the Chocolaterie’s Cafe over breakfast, morning tea, lunch or an afternoon treat.
Puffing Billy Steam Railway is a genuine relic of Victoria’s early rail days. It is Australia’s oldest steam railway and one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. The vintage steam train hauls passenger carriages through the Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Lakeside Station, via Menzies Creek and Emerald, a distance of 13km. A round trip takes just over two hours.
Downunder Farmstays provides quality accommodation for the free independent traveller, student groups, small and large family groups. The farm families are experienced hosts and enjoy sharing and educating their visitors, adults and children, about farming life. One night will give you a taste of Australia, but two or three nights is the ideal farmstay package to allow time to experience the various activities and the culture of the Australian countryside.
Day 3: Farmstay to Phillip Island
Get to know the gateway to Phillip Island, San Remo, a lively seaside town where fishing and dining options abound and pelicans keep watch along the foreshore. Pelican feeding has been a daily occurrence for years and years and draws a crowd to see the pelicans waddle up to shore to get their lunch. Visitors who come to the pelican feeding will be able to get up close to the pelicans as there are no formal barriers. The pelicans are wild and so they roam around the jetty looking for a tasty fish. You may find a pelican coming over to you looking for some lunch! But have no fear, pelicans are harmless. Many seagulls also flock to the jetty to try and get a free feed, so you will find hundreds of gulls hovering around. There is also a family of giant stingrays that live under the jetty and you may see them pop up to the surface as they search for scraps.
Phillip Island Nature Park
The Phillip Island Penguin Parade, the star attraction of the Phillip Island Nature Park, has been delighting visitors for many years with little penguins making their way up Summerland Beach each night at sunset. Over 500,000 visitors make the Phillip Island Penguin Parade the third largest visited natural attraction in Australia.
The new Penguins Plus viewing platform is a joint venture between Phillip Island Nature Parks and RACV. Inspired by the natural elements of the surrounds landscape, the new platform mirrors the coves of Phillip Island’s spectacular southern coastline and offers visitors unprescedented, up-close viewing of the little penguins as they waddle along the most popular pathway at the Penguin Parade.
Day 4: Phillip Island
At A Maze N Things, you can marvel at the mental confusion of objects defying gravity, rooms flooding without getting wet, a huge magic tap floating in mid air, or giant people shrinking into tiny versions of their former selves.
Phillip Island Helicopters
There is just no other way of experiencing the majestic Phillip Island coastal scenery than from the air with Phillip Island Helicopters. Highlights include the world-renowned Phillip Island Penguin Parada, the Phillip Island Moto GP Track, Cowes and some amazing surf beaches. Or maybe you are looking at doing something out of the ordinary, if so we can tailor a flight to suit your needs.
Take a virtual journey to the world’s most extreme continent at Phillip Island’s exciting Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies, a joint venture between WWF and Phillip Island Nature Parks. Enjoy the ‘hands-on’ fun and interactive experiences in The Lab. Feel the freeze in the Antarctic Chill Zone then compare your thermal image with an Emperor penguin. Visit the Research Station and Sound Lab, check out the sustainable menu in the virtual cafe, or maybe try and sink a bowling ball. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking multimedia experience in The Chamber, surround by creatures of the deep. The audio visual spectacle puts you right in the heart of the action with whales, seals, sharks and more. Stand on an ice floe and see yourself up on the giant screen, reaching out to stroke a seal or pat a penguin, all thanks to incredible augmented reality technology. The fascinating array of activities ensures that the unique wildlife, the ongoing research activities, and the critically important conservation values of this remote continent come alive to make this a truly fun and enjoyable learning adventure.
Dinner at Cheeky Goose
Located inside a beautiful c1933 Cowes Tudor Church, Cheeky Goose is a restaurant of celebration, relaxation and fun. Owner and Chef Robet van den Brink uses his many years of experience to capture the local Cowes culture with fresh local produce, seasonal menus and regular live local entertainment.
Day 5: Phillip Island Mornington Peninsula
The Cape Kitchen can be found on the cliff tops of Phillip Island with uninterrupted views overlooking the Southern Ocean. The Cape Kitchen’s menu has been carefully sourced and thoughtfully prepared by their team, highlighting the local, seasonal produce. Complementing the menu is a range of boutique beverages gathered from local and Australian crafters, including Purple Hen Winery and Rusty Water Brewery. ‘The Cape Table’ is a unique lunch experience; wholesome and well-considered.
A popular vacation destination, the Mornington Peninsula curves lazily southwards from Melbourne down Port Phillip Bay to a patchwork of bushland, pasture, hills, vineyards and National Parks. The Mornington Peninsula is a scenic resort region, rich in wineries, golf courses, restaurants and art galleries.
The Enchanted Adventure Garden is an award-winning natural fun park, just one hour from Melbourne at Arthurs Seat. Featuring four hedge mazes, five giant tube slides, 20 themed gardens, an outdoor sculpture park and an indoor three-dimensional maze, this beautiful outdoor adventure park has something for everyone.
Tree surfing is a high ropes adventure with zip lines, swinging rope bridges, suspended tunnels and a giant Tarzan swing set in the native trees of its ancient woodland garden. There are two courses to choose from: the Grand course for adults and teens and the Nippers course for young children. Make sure you check out the bookings website for additional information before you visit.
Tucks is a fun winery experience offering a unique take on the cellar door experience, with a great value lunch, outdoor seating and stunning views across the rolling vines of the estate and wetlands. At Tucks, wine tasting just got a whole lot more fun. Put your taste buds to the test with a blind wine tasting experience. Alternatively, go on your own wine adventure with a Tucks Box of four tasty wines for a self-guided tour. Enjoy an afternoon on the terrace or the lawn chairs, order a few jugs of delicious fruity wine cocktails and soak up stunning vineyard views. There are also food options galore – juicy rotisserie with salads, smaller snacks or in-house gelato. Most weekends there is live music (check website for details), meaning Tucks is an essential stop for any Mornington Peninsula visit.
Climb aboard the Arthurs Seat Eagle and revel in unforgettable views across Port Phillip Bay and the peninsula. The new, state-of-the-art gondola ride carries passengers over the beautiful state forest from its base station in Dromana to the highest point of the peninsula. Take some time out exploring the many walking tracks in the Arthurs Seat State Park, and then enjoy a relaxing lunch at the Eagle Cafe before making the journey back down to the coast.
Peninsula Hot Springs
Natural Hot Mineral Springs have been found deep underground on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. The 50ºC waters rich in healing minerals are now flowing to the surface and into the thermal pools. Entering the bathing area is like stepping into another world, a sanctuary where the mind and body are calmed by the steam, the sound of running water and the casual banter of bathers.
Day 6: Mornington Peninsula – Melbourne
Visit The Brighton Bathing Boxes
Dive into Port Phillip Bay under the watch of 82 distinctive bathing boxes, a row of uniformly proportioned wooden structures lining the foreshore at Brighton Beach. Built well over a century ago in response to very Victorian ideas of morality and seaside bathing, the bathing boxes remain almost unchanged. All retain classic Victorian architectural features with timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs, through they also bear the hallmarks of individual licensees’ artistic and colourful embellishments. Thanks to these distinctive decorations, the boxes turn the Brighton seaside into an immediately recognisable, iconic beachscape that can transform by the hour according to season, light and colour. Just try to resist pulling out your camera and snapping away.
The South Melbourne Market at the corner of Cecil and Coventry streets is 130 years old. Stallholders sell a wide range of Australian goods, clothing, jewellery, fruit and fish. Hungry shoppers can get a meal at its food hall. The market opens at 8am, closing at 2pm Wednesday, 6pm Friday and 4pm on weekends. It is closed on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Claypots Evening Star is the sister restaurant to the iconic Claypots St Kilda. Grab a stool and let the wafts of freshly cooked seafood wash over you while you listen to live music and sip a cold beer. With regular live music, this is a super fun place to catch up with friends over great food and wine.
Day 7: Melbourne
Queen Victoria Market is more than just Melbourne’s shopping mecca – it’s an historic landmark, a tourist attraction and an institution for Malburnians. This vast and vibrant centre of trade and commerce was officially opened on 20 March 1878. Spread over 7 hectares, it is the largest open air Market in the southern hemisphere. Almost one thousand traders sell everything from exotic Australian fruit and vegetables and local and imported gourmet foods, meat, fish and poultry to hardware, manchester, clothing and authentic Australian artifacts and souvenirs.
Lunch at Krimper
In case Guildford Lane needed to get even edgier, Krimper has come along to give you a dose of Australian architecture and design history alongside your Proud Mary coffee and sophisticated breakfast and lunch options. The converted warehouse is open late on Fridays for some of the city’s most atmospheric after-work drinks. Pull up a pew by the old lift car and raise a glass to Schelim Krimper.
Melbourne’s laneways and arcades
There’s always an exhilarating thrill to be had when entering Melbourne’s hive of bustling, creative laneways with their covert boutiques, famed restaurants, hole-in-the-wall cafes and astonishing bars. Never forget those tried and true laneways, favoured for their reliability.
Enjoy afternoon tea on a GO Boat
Be your own captain on the Yarra River and hire a Scandinavian picnic boat. No boating experience or boat license required. The whisper-quiet electric boats seat up to 8 people, gathering around a central picnic table. Bring along your own food and drink and style your table to your tastes. Departing from Docklands, 2 hours or more of hire are recommended, so you can get into the heart of the city and experience Melbourne’s sights and sounds like never before.
A Sparkling Flight on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Reach for the sky with a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Located in Melbourne’s waterfront precinct of Docklands, it takes visitors on a 30-minute ride in fully enclosed glass cabins and offers extraordinary bird’s eye views of the city and surrounds, including Port Phillip Bay and as far away as Mount Macedon and the Dandenong Ranges. Set your camera to landscape and take in views of up to 40 kilometres away during the day, or slow down the shutter speed in the evening to snap the city’s night lights and see the observation wheel lighting up Melbourne’s skyline. Learn about Melbourne’s history, culture and eccentricities from the Tales of Melbourne information panels before you board and reach expert level with the audio commentary in the observation cabins.